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how long does it take penicillin to help impacted wisdom tooth?

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
Impacted wisdom: If you have infected impacted wisdom teeth, they need to be removed. Antibiotics will only alleviate the symptoms temporarily. If the pain is due to the teeth erupting, antibiotics will not help. Check with your dentist or an oral surgeon.
Answered on Oct 10, 2013
Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Not a pain killer: Penicillin is an antibiotic, not a pain killer. If your pain is caused by swelling from an infection it usually takes 24-48 hours for an antibiotic to start reducing the infection. If the pain is not caused by an infection then it will not help at all. The problem will not go away, however, until the cause is addressed and the impacted tooth removed.
Answered on Jan 18, 2014

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More info needed...: How long ago was the tooth extracted? You may still be "numb" from the anesthesia. If more than 12 hours, contact the surgeon who extracted the tooth.

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